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A to Z of Classical Music (3rd Extended Edition)

A to Z of Classical Music (3rd Extended Edition) Lowest new price: $35.99
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A-Z of Classical Music is a remarkable 932-page, illustrated book, detailing the lives of all the great composers as well as many less known, but equally fascinating, musical masters. Like the Naxos range of recordings itself, A-Z of Classical Music is a rich source of inspiration for anyone either just embarking on a lifetime of musical enjoyment or for whom classical music has long been a way of life. Included within is an extensive glossary of musical terms plus a unique guide to classical music used in acclaimed films. Two-and-a-half hours of the finest music from across the centuries are contained on the accompanying CDs.

Is it a two-CD set with a particularly thick booklet, or a 562-page book with a compilation album attached? Either way, the unpretentious text by Keith Anderson offers an introduction to the lives and works of dozens of composers, together with recommended recordings from the Naxos and Marco Polo catalogs. Anderson includes a useful 59-page glossary of musical terms and an extensive listing of classical pieces used in films. The odd thing about the 36 extracts and complete pieces on the CDs is that they do not form an A-to-Z at all. Rather, they are arranged chronologically, from 1,000-year-old Gregorian chant to the opening movement of contemporary composer Philip Glass's Violin Concerto. Between these two points is the early music of Palestrina and Byrd; the Baroque glories of Vivaldi and Bach; the 19th-century Romantic masters, from Beethoven to Tchaikovsky; and such 20th-century greats as Rachmaninov and Stravinsky. Opera, song, and chamber music are barely represented, but only so much can fit into 151 minutes. Essentially a deluxe sampler of the vast Naxos catalogue, the discs offer a good introduction to some of the most famous and melodic music ever composed, while the book will be very useful to newcomers to the potentially confusing world of classical music. --Gary S. Dalkin

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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Lowest new price: $8.71
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Model: 2195007

REINER/CHICAGO SYMP ORCH - SCHEHERAZADE... - SACD HYBRID

This is a classic recording of these two works, led with grand authority by Fritz Reiner. The Chicago's brass and wind section play gloriously throughout, and the final movement of Scheherazade (we learn from the original producer [1960] in an accompanying essay) was recorded in one take--an almost unheard-of feat. This fast movement is taken at breakneck speed, with no loss of clarity or power, with the strings in the hands of magicians. Stravinsky's Nightingale has never sounded so exotic, so bristling over with color, since this 1956(!) recording under Reiner, and the wonderful surprise with this new release of old material is the revamped sound: the original "Living Stereo" was a fantastic breakthrough in recording, and this new SACD format has returned the spatial relationships to something so "real" that it comes as close as I've ever heard to a true concert hall experience. Simply glorious. --Robert Levine

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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps (Rite of Spring) / The Firebird / Jeu de cartes / Petrouchka / Pulcinella

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps (Rite of Spring) / The Firebird / Jeu de cartes / Petrouchka / Pulcinella Lowest new price: $10.18
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Model: 1991118

CLAUDIO ABBADO - STRAVINSKY: SACRE DU PRINTEMPS - 2 CD SET

This is an excellent Stravinsky collection on all counts. Claudio Abbado's recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra represent the high-water mark of his career, and DG captured the partnership in generally fine sound. This recording of the complete Pulcinella, with the songs included, set an entirely new standard for the work, and its excellence has worn very well in the couple of decades since its initial release. The performance of Jeu de Cartes (Card Game) also should win many new friends for this entertaining late work. As to the Big Three ballets, all of them were among the most recommendable versions when they first came out, and they still are. --David Hurwitz

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Poulenc: Gloria; Concerto for Organ / Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms

Poulenc: Gloria; Concerto for Organ / Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms Lowest new price: $5.61
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Model: 2023389

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Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky: Firebird (Complete); Scherzo a la Russe; Fireworks; Scherzo Fantastique

Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky: Firebird (Complete); Scherzo a la Russe; Fireworks; Scherzo Fantastique Lowest new price: $6.00
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Model: 2010732

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Flute for Relaxation

Flute for Relaxation Lowest new price: $3.29
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Model: 2026012

JAMES GALWAY - FLUTE FOR RELAXATION - CD

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December Stillness

December Stillness Lowest new price: $13.89
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World class choir here offers twelve carols and anthems evoking the beautiful starkness of winter. These are 20th century choral works by Penderecki, Rachmaninoff, Poulenc, Stravinsky and several other composers.

Features:

  • American Choral

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Best Classics 100 Volume 2

Best Classics 100 Volume 2 Lowest new price: $49.85
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Masters Of The Oboe (2 CD)

Masters Of The Oboe (2 CD) Lowest new price: $12.52
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Model: 1993443

No Description Available.
Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 13-JUN-2006

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The 25 Thunderous Classics

The 25 Thunderous Classics Lowest new price: $26.92
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Brand: La Vie

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